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Daily Digest — September 18, 2015

“In the rush to produce useful things, we often forget the empathy.” — Ken Banks, founder of

Tech summit shows church’s importance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Did Jesus want us to feed the hungry, heal the sick and shelter the poor, or give them the tools to provide for themselves? The Rev. Neelley Hicks says it’s both. Hicks is the director of United Methodist Communications’ ICT4D (information and communications technology for development) Church Initiative. The denomination’s communication agency is hosting the 2015 Game Changers Summit, which is bringing in the innovators who are leading the field internationally. The summit included panels on technology and faith in the Ebola crisis and mobile phones in Africa. Kathy Gilbert and Joey Butler report.
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Hispanic/Latino leaders from 6 denominations gather

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — More than 100 clergy and lay leaders from six Christian denominations gathered Sept. 9-12 for the first ecumenical Hispanic/Latino training for church planters and missioners. The Rev. Gustavo Vasquez wrote the story and Michelle Maldonado translated and adapted it for United Methodist Communications.
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Video: What MARCHA means to the church

MADISON, Wis. (UMTV) — MARCHA is the Hispanic/Latino caucus within The United Methodist Church. At a recent gathering, members were asked to explain the mission and importance of MARCHA in 10 seconds or less.
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Sponsorships welcome at General Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The General Council on Finance and Administration, the denomination’s finance agency, still has openings available for United Methodist organizations and ministries to be a sponsor of the 2016 General Conference. Nearly 60 standard booths also remain. The deadline is Sept. 30.
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New Upper Room website aims for global engagement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Upper Room Ministries announces the launch of a new online initiative called Moyo help users engage with important global issues like clean water, racial justice and disaster relief. Visitors of the site will follow a Guided Path (Encounter, Reflect and Act) to study, reflect and then physically engage with an issue through multiple offline opportunities.
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email and put Digest in the subject line.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Lecture: “Reimagining Immigration Reform” — Charles Foster, a United Methodist immigration law expert, will speak at 9-10:30 a.m. CDT at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 5401 Fannin St., Houston. His address is titled “Where There’s No Path: Re-imagining Immigration Reform.” It’s sponsored by Project CURATE in Houston. Foster leads the Greater Houston Partnership Task Force on Immigration Reform. Details

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Webinar “Worship for All Ages” — 7-8 p.m. EDT. Want to try something new for Advent? Join the Rev. Karen Ware Jackson as she and others share ideas for new worship experiences and ways to make our time-honored Advent traditions more meaningful and accessible. Details 

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.